Fred M. Warner
|Fred M. Warner|
|26th Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 1905 – January 2, 1911
Patrick H. Kelley
|Preceded by||Aaron T. Bliss|
|Succeeded by||Chase Osborn|
|Secretary of State of Michigan|
|Preceded by||Justus S. Stearns|
|Succeeded by||George A. Prescott|
|Member of the Michigan Senate|
July 21, 1865|
Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England
|Died||April 17, 1923
|Spouse(s)||Martha M. Davis|
Birth in England and early life in Michigan
Born in Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England, Warner spent most of his life in Michigan. Warner was orphaned at three months of age and adopted by a family in Farmington. His adoptive father, P. Dean Warner, served in both chambers of the state congress during periods from 1852 to 1870.
He attended the common schools there and later attended the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). He worked at his father’s store and later, as a Farmington businessman and agriculturist, he established thirteen cheese factories.
As a prominent citizen he rose quickly in politics in 1894. From 1895 to 1898 he served in the Michigan Senate just as his father did. From 1901 until 1904 he served as the Michigan Secretary of State under Aaron T. Bliss.
In 1904, Warner was elected Governor of Michigan and served three terms, 1905-1910. He was known as a progressive governor advocating such policies as regulation of railroad and insurance, conservation, child labor laws and woman's suffrage. Also during his six years in office, a factory inspection bill was authorized, a direct primary election law was sanctioned and there was a promotion of highway construction.
Retirement and death
After leaving office, he stayed politically active. Warner was a member of the Freemasons, Shriners, Elks, Knights of Pythias, and Maccabees. In 1920, he began serving as a Republican National Committeeman until his death three years later. He died at the age of 57 from kidney failure and is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington, Michigan.
- The Political Graveyard: Warner, Frederick Malthy at politicalgraveyard.com
- The Political Graveyard
- National Governors Association
- Detroit News, April 17, 1923. "Fred M. Warner Dead in Florida: Three-Time Governor of State Loses Long Fight for Health in South."
- Fuller, George, Ed., Messages of the Governors of Michigan, Volume 4 (East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press) ISBN 0-87013-723-9; ISBN 978-0-87013-723-5.
Justus S. Stearns
|Michigan Secretary of State
1901 – 1904
George A. Prescott
Aaron T. Bliss
|Governor of Michigan